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Mass. population growth is tops in N.E.

According to new US Census Bureau estimates, Massachusetts’ population grew by 0.72 percent, outpacing every other state in New England.

Police, fire, and other personnel were at the scene on the Meridian Street bridge after a woman was killed.

Jonathan Wiggs/Globe staff

Woman killed when bridge shuts on top of her

A woman walking on the Meridian Street Bridge in East Boston was crushed to death when the bridge was closed on top of her.

Jonathan Pollard was sentenced in 1987 to life in prison and is being held in a federal penitentiary.

Case of jailed spy looms over Kerry Mideast trip

Israel has demanded the release of Jonathan Pollard from a US prison in return for continuing with the peace process.

Isabel Lord, 16, of Boston, took in a skating performance at the colorfully lit Frog Pond during the city’s 38th First Night celebration.

Jessica Rinaldi For The Boston Globe

Boston greets new year with First Night

Throngs of First Night revelers lined Boylston Street on Tuesday evening for the annual New Year’s Eve parade, gazing in wonder at passing floats and buzzing with anticipation for the midnight fireworks display that will usher in 2014.

South African President Nelson Mandela

A salute to 2013’s departed

A year-end round-up of notable people who passed from the scene in 2013.

Transit users suffer a cut in US tax benefit today

A tax benefit for people who take public transportation is set to shrink on Jan. 1 after Congress failed to renew a package of federal subsidies, a move that some transportation advocates fear will encourage people to choose driving over mass transit.